Attorney Linsey Sowinski of Coeur d’Alane, Idaho, was 32 years old and a newlywed when she and her husband, Scott, found out Linsey had B-cell lymphoma. She wanted to live, and she wanted her baby to live as well. Her doctors waited until after her first trimester to begin chemo, conscious of the fact that the baby was receiving the powerful drugs as well. When she was 37 weeks pregnant, doctors induced labor and Lena was born. Right after the birth, Linsey began radiation. Lena was hospitalized at one month old with an infection likely caused by an immune system weakened by chemo drugs. But today she is a healthy five-month-old, right where she’s supposed to be developmentally. Linsey is on the road to remission.
Linsey’s story, which was featured on the Today Show this morning, highlights the importance of finding doctors who don’t immediately leap to the abortion conclusion when presented with any kind of obstacle during a pregnancy. A pro-abort doctor might well have scared Linsey with a terrible prognosis of her own chances, and reassured her that she could “try again” once she was well. But she wouldn’t have had Lena, and she would have carried the burden of knowing her survival came at the cost of her daughter’s life.
A common argument as to why we need to have legal abortion in this country is to protect the lives of mothers at risk. But that argument grows weaker every day, when courageous couples like Linsey and her husband Scott, and doctors who can see beyond their own malpractice risk, show us there is another way.
Choosing life is always the right choice, even when it’s hard, even when it’s scary, even when the outcome is unclear.